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SA20 Match 27: Joburg Super Kings flatten Sunrisers Eastern Cape at The Wanderers

Faf du Plessis (92)
Faf du Plessis (92)

Another sensational knock from Joburg Super Kings’ Faf du Plessis (92), supported by Reeza Hendricks (42), with the bat and the bowling of Gerald Coetzee (2-13), Maheesh Theekshana 2-23 and Kyle Simmonds (3-23), combined to flatten Sunrisers Eastern Cape today, at The Wanderers, Joburg.

Match Summary

Joburg Super Kings vs Sunrisers Eastern Cape, 27th Match, SA20

Joburg Super Kings 160/6 (20 ov)

Sunrisers Eastern Cape 136/9 (20 ov)

Result - Joburg Super Kings won by 24 runs


Match Highlights

Joburg Super Kings won the toss and elected to bat, putting on a par total of 160/6 in their 20 overs.

Faf du Plessis (92) and Reeza Hendricks (42) had an opening partnership of 119, which set the platform for the Super Kings to reach a competitive total.

In the run chase, Gerald Coetzee 2-13, Kyle Simmonds 3-23 and Maheesh Theekshana 2-23 put pay to any hopes of the Sunrisers reaching their target – only Temba Bavuma 50 and Aiden Markram 34 made any impact with the bat. Sunrisers Eastern Cape scored 136/9.

Match Report

Faf du Plessis took centre stage again at the Wanderers to power the Joburg Super Kings into the Betway SA20 semi-finals.  

Du Plessis delivered a consecutive masterful T20 innings to follow up the tournament’s maiden century in his last outing. The former Proteas skipper struck 92 from 61 balls (7x4, 4x6) that formed the bedrock of the Super Kings 160/6.  

Reeza Hendricks (40 off 36 balls) also played his supporting role to perfection again with the opening partnership yielding 119 in 14.2 overs. 

The Sunrisers fought back at the backend as they picked up five wickets while restricting the Super Kings to a further 41 runs.  

It proved sufficient though on the day as the Joburg Super Kings bowling unit delivered a fine overall performance. Maheesh Theekshana set it in motion with the early dismissal of Adam Rossington before the pace of Gerald Coetzee accounted for Jordan Hermann and JJ Smuts. 

The Sunrisers required a rebuilding job and it was provided by new recruit Temba Bavuma. The Proteas limited-overs skipper timed the ball sweetly in his 50 off just 34 balls, but besides Aiden Markram’s 34 he did not have any worthwhile support. 

This was due to a brilliant spell of left-arm spin bowling from Super Kings debutant Kyle Simmons, who tore the heart out of the Sunrisers’ middle-order with figures of 3/23 from his four overs.  

The Sunrisers have now completed their league fixtures on 19 points. They will await the result of Durban’s Super Giants final match against league-leaders Pretoria Capitals later on Sunday afternoon at Centurion to determine their semi-final fate.  


Match Stats

Joburg Super Kings Fall of wickets1-119 (Reeza Hendricks - 14.2 ov), 2-128 (Matthew Wade - 15.2 ov), 3-130 (Donavon Ferreira - 15.4 ov), 4-140 (Leus du Plooy - 17.2 ov), 5-151 (Romario Shepherd - 18.4 ov), 6-152 (Faf du Plessis - 18.6 ov)

Sunrisers Eastern Cape Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Adam Rossington - 1.3 ov), 2-23 (Jordan Hermann - 4.1 ov), 3-23 (JJ Smuts - 4.6 ov), 4-82 (Temba Bavuma - 12.3 ov), 5-98 (Tristan Stubbs - 14.5 ov), 6-98 (Marco Jansen - 14.6 ov), 7-98 (Aiden Markram - 15.1 ov), 8-113 (James Fuller - 16.4 ov), 9-133 (Brydon Carse - 19.2 ov)

Playing XIs

Joburg Super Kings: Matthew Wade(WK), Donavon Ferreira, Faf du Plessis(C), Reeza Hendricks, Leus du Plooy, Sibonelo Makhanya, Romario Shepherd, Nandre Burger, Kyle Simmonds, Maheesh Theekshana, Gerald Coetzee

Sunrisers Eastern Cape: Adam Rossington(WK), Aiden Markram, Tristan Stubbs, Temba Bavuma(C), Jordan Hermann, James Fuller, Marco Jansen, JJ Smuts, Sisanda Magala, Brydon Carse, Roelof van der Merwe


Match Details:

Date: Sunday, February 5, 2023 11:30

Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, Johannesburg, Johannesburg

Toss: Joburg Super Kings won the toss & elected to bat

Umpires: Bongani Jele (South Africa) Lubabalo Gcuma (South Africa) Stephen Harris (South Africa TV)

Match Referee: Gerrie Pienaar (South Africa)

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